12 days in Kolkata (Calcutta), Sikkim & Darjeeling Itinerary

12 days in Kolkata (Calcutta), Sikkim & Darjeeling Itinerary

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Kolkata (Calcutta)
— 3 nights
2
Gangtok
— 4 nights
3
Pelling
— 2 nights
4
Darjeeling
— 2 nights

3
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Kolkata (Calcutta)

Kolkata (Calcutta) ©
Nestled on the banks of the Hooghly River, Kolkata is a booming metropolis, India's second largest city, and the country's cultural hub, known for being the birthplace of major artistic and literary movements.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Dakshineswar Kali Temple and Howrah Bridge. There's lots more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take a stroll through Park Street, learn more about the world around you at Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar), and laugh and play at Science City.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kolkata (Calcutta) road trip app.

Chennai to Kolkata (Calcutta) is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. September in Kolkata (Calcutta) sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Gangtok.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Memorial Hall ©
Victoria Memorial Hall
Science City ©
Science City
Dakshineswar Kali Temple ©
Dakshineswar Kali Temple

4
nights
Gangtok

Gangtok ©
Situated in the eastern Himalayan range, state capital Gangtok combines a modern, resort town style with ancient spiritual beliefs and an impressive natural heritage.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Flower Exhibition Centre and Hanuman Tok. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Nathula, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rumtek Monastery Sikkim, wander the streets of MG Marg, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tsongmo Lake.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Gangtok travel route builder.

Fly from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Gangtok in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pelling.

Things to do in Gangtok

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rumtek Monastery Sikkim
Highlights from your plan
Nathula ©
Nathula
Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake
Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple ©
Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple

2
nights
Pelling

Pelling ©
The small hill station of Pelling draws visitors with its impressive nature and abundance of hotels and resorts.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Rabdentse Ruins, thendon't miss a visit to Pemayangtse Gompa, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Kanchenjunga Falls, and finally take in the views from Singshore Bridge Bungee Jumping. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pemayangtse Monastery, thenexplore the activities along Khecheopalri Lake, and then make a trip to Tashiding Monastery.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Pelling travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Gangtok to Pelling takes 4.5 hours. In September in Pelling, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Pelling

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pemayangtse Monastery, Tashiding Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Kanchenjunga Falls ©
Kanchenjunga Falls
Rabdentse Ruins ©
Rabdentse Ruins
Khecheopalri Lake ©
Khecheopalri Lake

2
nights
Darjeeling

Darjeeling ©
The train, the tea, and the hills bring visitors to Darjeeling, one of India's most famous and well-preserved Raj-era hill stations.
On the 22nd (Sun), get great views at Tiger Hill, thenmake a trip to Batasia Loop, thenlearn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Chowrasta. On the next day, experience rural life at Happy Valley Tea Estate, thentake in the awesome beauty at Kangchenjunga, thenexamine the collection at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Darjeeling online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Pelling to Darjeeling takes 3.5 hours. In September in Darjeeling, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park ©
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
Tiger Hill ©
Tiger Hill
Batasia Loop ©
Batasia Loop

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